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March 4, 2013

Annual IT Conference to be Held March 7–8

IT Conference“Building a Mobile Society” is the theme of the 29th Annual Information Technology Conference to be held March 7–8 at the Holiday Inn–Campus Area, 2703 Craig Road, Eau Claire, WI. The event, which is hosted by the Wisconsin Technical College System and the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Department of Information Systems, represents a unique partnership between the Wisconsin Technical Colleges and the university system. 

“The conference brings together IT instructors from all over the state for two days of learning, professional networking, and socializing,” said Dr. Thomas Hilton, chair of the UW-Eau Claire Department of Information Systems and one of the organizers of the event. “We’re in our 29th year because of the great value we offer our participants and the invaluable support we receive from the Wisconsin Technical College System.”

Joe Cicero, a network specialist instructor at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, will give Thursday’s keynote address, “Android Application Anarchy” at 12:45 pm. Cicero will cover simple security techniques for all users and will demonstrate a detailed analysis of individual Android applications. He will also provide a CD containing handouts, programs, and over 150 malicious Android applications instructors can use in their classrooms. Cicero teaches courses in Linux, network security and computer forensics.

Bill McGeveran, associate professor and Lampert Fesler Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School, will present Friday’s keynote address, “Privacy by Design” at 10:45 am. McGeveran will address the legal and policy implications of the "frictionless sharing" of information from a non-social space into a social one. McGeveran specializes in information law, including intellectual property, data privacy, communications and technology, and free speech. He is an affiliated professor at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Other conference presentations Thursday and Friday include a review of accessibility trends, a technical summary of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, and the opportunities and challenges surrounding the use of mobile devices in an educational environment. 

Breakout sessions on Thursday focused on emerging technologies, changes in certification and licensing, programming for mobile development and support, and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) and their impact on student enrollment, retention, and success.

A reception Thursday from 5-7 pm will be sponsored by Cengage Learning.

Other highlights of the conference include the presentation of the Information Technology Outstanding Service award by Moira LaFayette, Business and Information Technology Education Director, Wisconsin Technical College System. The award will be presented Friday morning. 

Although the conference is designed for IT faculty and staff, the public is invited to attend the event. Registration is $85. Payment can be made at the door. Advanced registration is requested (via but is not necessary.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Hilton, UW–Eau Claire Information Systems Department chair, at or 715/836-4320, or visit

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